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ThanksgivingIf you have recently purchased a home for the first time, you may have decided you are ready to host your first formal gathering. Maybe you have had friends over for a backyard BBQ or impromptu drinks on the weekend but hosting a major holiday requires a little more planning and can be rather involved depending on how many people will be coming. If you have decided to take the plunge and host your first Thanksgiving soiree, here’s where to start to make sure you are ready for the big day.

1. Plan your guest list and extend invitations. You will want an accurate headcount for food and so you can prepare seating and make sure you have enough plates, glasses and flatware. It is a good idea to extend the invitation as early as possible if you want everyone

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1604 MakinsonWelcome to this one of a kind property that you will quickly fall in love with. Three bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath make up the home with 1,950 square feet. The home sites on 10 acres so you have plenty of room to roam and explore. A fenced piece of the property surrounds the home and you will also fine a pond, a variety of oak trees and native grasses and plants.

A wraparound front porch welcomes you into the home and is the perfect place to relax. Inside the home, you will find a dining room filled with natural light, a living room that includes a bar with built-in bookcases and a fireplace. The kitchen includes an updated KitchenAid 5-burner gas range and other appliances plus ample counter space and cabinets for storage. The first

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Airing of the Quilts The Town of Smithville will host two fun events on Saturday, November 9. Beginning at 10:00 in the morning, the annual Airing of the Quilts will take place throughout Smithville. Both modern and traditional quilts will be displayed outside of shops and homes for all to see. There will be quilting events at two Smithville churches as well. First United Methodist Church will host an indoor quilt airing along with a fall festival that will include children’s activities, a craft fair and a chili and ribs cookoff. The Smithville Stitcher’s Quilt Guild will host a quilty show at the Smithville Church of Christ. This will include a free gift for attendees, door prizes, vendors, a bed turning and quilts on display in the sanctuary. The Airing of the Quilts and

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Renovate or sellIf you have lived in your Bastrop home for a while and no longer feel like it meets your needs, you have two choices. You may sell your home and buy a new one that has the options you are looking for or remodel your current home so that it meets your needs. It can be hard to decide what is best but as you think about it, here are four things to consider.

Is your home in the location you want? If the location is perfect and homes in that area are not always available, it may be better to make updates and stay right where you are. All changes aren’t possible but many are. Add more space, update the kitchen and bathrooms or add a garage. All of these are things you can do. It is important to consider the impact these changes will have on the value of your

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4790 FM 535Welcome to your dream home at Turkey Track Ranch! With four bedrooms, three full baths, one half bath, 4,266 square feet, a pond and equestrian facilities surrounded by 102 +/- acres of gently rolling acreage, this property is what you have been waiting for.

A stone path winds its way to the front door. The beautiful front door is surrounded by glass allowing natural light to welcome you into the home. Ceramic tile is found inside the front door and flows into the living room and kitchen. The dining room is found to the right of the front door with hardwood floors, crown molding and a chandelier. Through French doors to the left of the entry, you will find a 4790 FM 535music room complete with hardwood floors, crown molding and abundant natural lighting. As you

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Downtown BastropDowntown Bastrop will be full of activity Saturday night. Start your evening with an early dinner at one of Downtown Bastrop’s delicious restaurants.  

After dinner, start your night out at the Lost Pines Art Center’s monthly Art after Dark. This event will take place from 6-8 p.m. with a variety of activities for you to enjoy. The member Artist of the Month’s exhibit, “Feminine Spirit,” will be featured along with new exhibits in the Art of the Pines Gallery. There will be a reception with the artists that includes refreshments, beer and wine. There will be live music by David Cordoba from 6-7.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Bastrop Opera House will host Guy Forsyth and Jeska Bailey in a live musical performance. Their music will entertain and move you as

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buying a homeYou have been looking for the perfect Bastrop home for months and finally found it. If you are like most of us, your home will be the largest purchase you ever make so take the time to do your research and make sure you know everything you can about the home you are buying. Don’t become so obsessed with research that you don’t ever find the right house but do take the time to answer the most important questions and educate yourself before you jump in with the mortgage to prove it. Here are six things to investigate before you buy your next home.

  1.       Utility bills. Before you make an offer an a home, ask to see a copy of the utility bills and not just one month. Ask for a year’s worth. While the utility bills themselves aren’t likely to keep you
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4457 FM 535This Bastrop property includes a comfortable ranch-style home with three bedrooms, two full baths and 1,548 square feet and sits on 27.59 acres. The home is nestled in a grove of oaks and overlooks a pond in a beautiful wooded setting.

Start with a wonderful front porch with room for you and many guests to enjoy your surroundings. Inside the living room offers tile floors, a fireplace, vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. A dining area divides the living room and kitchen but the space is wonderfully open and perfect for large and small gatherings of family and friends. Tile floors continue into the kitchen with ample cabinets and updated appliances.4457 FM 535

The master bedroom is spacious with room for a sitting area or office and a private door leading

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HalloweenThe last weekend before Halloween always brings lots of fun. With cooler temperatures and shorter days, it’s the perfect time for hay rides, bonfires (with smores of course) and some fun in anticipation of Halloween. Here are two fun activities you can enjoy this weekend to get in the spirit of the season.

The Barton Hill Fall Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday with a wide variety of activities. Pick out a pumpkin, wind through the corn maze, take fall photos, jump on the jumping pillow, try human foosball or play a game of corn hole. There are also farm animals, face painting, a playground and live music. Food and drinks are available on site so you can make a full day out of your trip to the farm.

The Sugar Shack will host pumpkin

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National Fire Prevention MonthOctober is National Fire Prevention Month, which makes it the perfect time to think about your home and your family and spend a little time to ensure you are doing everything you can to be prepared in case of a fire at your home. Housefires caused an average of 2,560 deaths per year from 2012-2016 and almost 12,000 injuries per year according to the National Fire Prevention Association. While preventing fires is a great goal, it’s unlikely all fires can be prevented.  Having a plan in place that all members of your family are familiar with is the greatest thing you can do to protect your family. Homes can be rebuilt but the loss of lives can’t be undone so these steps will help keep you safe in case the unthinkable happens.

The very first thing you

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